Schedule of Courses
Ocean Training Cruises
an Island Packet 45
April 23 - May 2
|Course: Offshore Passage-Making,
Miami to Norfolk
Dates: April 23 -
May 2, 2000
Vessel: IP45, HALIMEDA
Students: John Ash, Fred Goldman, John Norris,
and John Peterson
First Mate: Paul Jones, owner
We spent the first day doing a pre-voyage survey of the boat. Every
hose clamp was checked on every through hull fitting. The engine wiring
and fittings were all checked and tightened or adjusted as necessary. All
rigging was tested, sails were raised and inspected and every crewmember
had the opportunity to reef the main and headsails. Anchors were secured
and all tanks were topped off. The menu and watch lists were discussed
and agreed upon. David Appleton,
another captain for the Maryland School, took the crew through the process
for setting up and deploying the sea anchor. Everyone discussed abandon
ship and man overboard routines. After a full day of orientation, we had
a good night's rest aboard.
Day 2 - 4
Each day a different Captain and Navigator were assigned. The Navigator
of the day was responsible for our course and the official dead reckoning.
Everyone had an opportunity to practice their dead reckoning skills, but,
due to many tender bellies, most of it was done in discussion in the cockpit.
Our dead reckoning at the end of day three had us about 15 miles east of
the actual position as determined by sextant positions obtained by several
members of the crew, and as confirmed by GPS.
Day 5 brought storms and an end to any sextant work. Everyone had a
chance to test their skills against the elements, as the winds got up to
50 knots and the seas increased to 15 feet. Off Cape Hatteras, the winds
backed constantly, so that within 24 hours, we had gale strength winds
from every compass point.
We encountered light winds, lumpy seas and on occasional queasy stomach,
as we motored and reviewed our actions during the storm. The nighttime
approach to Cape Henry allowed us to compare the positions of navigation
aids from the light list, the charts and the pilot. All students tried
this and found that no two were ever exactly the same. This was a good
The day dawned with the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in sight. At 0730,
a very tired but happy crewed docked at Taylor's Landing Marina in Norfolk.
Captain Bill McClure
aboard S/V HALIMEDA
Little Creek Harbor, Norfolk, VA
April 29, 2000
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